Two Kent murder trials delayed

 

DOVER — Two long-running Dover murder cases scheduled for trial Monday were delayed this week.

Discovery issues postponed the trial of Larry J. Pierce, 35, accused of shooting Josue Barclay to death on South Governors Avenue on April 18, 2009, according to the Delaware Department of Justice. No new date is set and a scheduling conference will be held Wednesday in Kent County Superior Court.

In the case of Daiquan T. Bordley, 24, of Smyrna, charged with fatally shooting Dontray Hendricks at the Port Mahon pier on March 30, 2016, prosecutors are evaluating an expert introduced by the defense this week and whether their own expert should be brought in. The current trial date is now Aug. 6.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to charges.

Mr. Bordley was earlier scheduled for trial last year on Aug. 14, Aug, 21, and Nov. 27, and this year on Feb. 19. He is represented by attorney Andre’ Beauregard, with Deputy Attorneys General Jason C. Cohee and Lindsay Taylor prosecuting for the state. Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. will oversee the trial.

Daiquan T. Bordley

Deputy Attorney General Gregory R. Babowal is representing the state in Mr. Pierce’s trial, with attorneys Lloyd A. Schmid and Richard F. Matoni defending him. Judge Jeffrey J. Clark is assigned to the case.

Mr. Pierce was indicted on July 5, 2016 after a shell casing was located during a seven-year investigation by Dover Police. He was previously held in federal prison on unrelated charges and extradited to Delaware, police said.

Mr. Pierce is charged with first-degree murder. Previous trial on Aug. 21, 2017 and Feb. 5, 2018 were postponed.

Larry J. Pierce

Mr. Bordley is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. Two alleged accomplices earlier pleaded guilty to charges connected to the shooting.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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